It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Sandra’s fingers to take the spotlight. She wanted to play with one of my precious new indie polishes, and we took it from there. Find out what we used after the break!
Sandra came over last Tuesday and poked through my collection, discovering the lovely KBShimmer – A Raisin to Live in my “to swatch” baskets. Yes, I have baskets waiting for swatching, no judging. They keep me company. I was feeling stingy, and I set her up with a black base coat in Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Night Fright for opacity, and then did two coats of A Raisin to Live over top. A polish I purchased exclusively for stamping got to come out of the back of the drawer to complete the look, the antacid-like Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Presto Pink. It stamps much better than the actual pink stamping polish I own, which is nearly transparent. Go figure.
We pulled out the CICI&SISI Jumbo Set 3 stamping plates again, using plate CISI&SISI 16. This image has bold stars and little circles, and since I still can’t find my favorite scraper, I dug out my old Halifax Public Library card (three and a half years sitting in the back of the drawer since I don’t live there anymore), and it worked wonderfully. I have since picked up a few Starbucks cards to use for scraping, since the library card is on the thin side, and I clearly can’t be trusted to keep track of my scrapers.
Due to the black base coat, A Raisin to Live presents darker than it otherwise would. I probably should have used a purple or burgundy. I think the bold stamp and bright pink really livens up the manicure though, taking it from dark and vampy, to something more cheerful.
Sandra really enjoyed how I reversed the stamp for her thumbs so they would be closer to mirroring each other, rather than exact copies. I like how the glitter shows up in this shot, but I swear it didn’t look nearly that streaky in person. Sandra was happy with it though, and that’s really what matters in these manicures.
How do you like them? Have you ever put a base of another colour under something you thought was going to be translucent, and then had it come out a completely different colour than expected? Do you have polishes in your stash that are used for one thing, and one thing only (like Presto Pink here)? Tell me in the comments! I like to know what everyone else is doing.